“DO NOT REGRET THE PASSING OF THE CAMEL AND THE CARAVAN. THE DESERT HAS CHANGED, BUT IT REMAINS A WORLD WITHOUT COMPROMISE, THE EARTH IN ITS EXTREME.”
— WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE, SAHARA UNVEILED
The Namib is a source of both mystery and inspiration for the photographer: untamed, aloof, prehistoric and visually alluring. One should visit such places often, and be conscious of their surrounding presence.
With its immense vistas — “Namib” is the Nama word for “vast place” — and its strange vegetation, nurtured by early-morning sea mists that drift as far as 500 kms. inland from the Atlantic before burning off by midday, the Namib is believed to be the oldest desert in the world, having endured arid conditions for some 55-80 million years. It is the Earth as humankind has known it since the beginning of time itself.